“Dear Sirs at Union League Cafe” — March 15 – 20, 2022

ULC Logbook, Tuesday, March 15th, 2022:

We started with 76 covers at approx. 4PM — this number included both the 29-person Yale Neuroscience banquet in the Ballroom, and the 10-person Yale East Asian Studies reservation for the Clubroom — so we started with 47 guests for the dining room, and 29 for the Ballroom. We were joined by a walk-in family of 4 (counted as 2 covers due to their order), and a walk-in Clubroom party of 2 (counted as 1 cover), as well as several same-day reservations. We finished with 83 covers (54 guests for the dining room, 29 guests for the Ballroom).

We had 2 orders for takeout, both taken on the phone, for Mr. K. during the first turn, and BA Mr. N. during the second turn.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Yale Neuroscience with guest lecturer on stem cell biology Dr. P. A. (party of 2, Ballroom); Yale East Asian Studies (party of 10, tbl. 31+); Jacob H., friend of Chef G. 9 (party of 2, tbl. 2); Lilli S. (party of 3, tbl. 22 — Ms. S. said table 22 / the banquette table closest to the kitchen, was where the “Queen of the Night” aria was performed by a young opera star during a Yale banquet many years previous!); V. B. (party of 2, tbl. 7, requested to see the Ballroom which they have booked or are considering booking for an upcoming event).

In making a reservation for her husband’s 93rd birthday (6 guests on Tuesday, April 5th), BA Jane D. said she and her family are so excited to be joining us again because they feel, from their last few visits, that ULC cuisine has achieved a newly superlative level of deliciousness! Bravo Chef and team.

N. and R. I. served the Yale Neuroscience party in the Ballroom.

J. served the Yale East Asian Studies party in the Clubroom.

We served two of Chef’s tasting menus, to BA Jacob H., who had reserved over the phone indicating his party would likely order the tasting menu.

Sunny, high of 56F.


ULC Logbook, Thursday, March 17th, 2022:

We started with 50 covers at 4PM, which included 18 guests from the Yale Dept. of Cell Biology for the Sherman Room. We had a party of 3 cancel before service, a party of 2 no-show midway. In the first seating, we were joined by a walk-in guest who ate dinner at the bar solo; a same-day reservation for 3; and a walk-in party of 2. For the second seating, we were joined by a walk-in party of 2 for dessert, and a walk-in party of 2 for wine and an appetizer. A party of 4, who had pushed back their reservation due to traffic delays, was finally able to join us at 9:20PM, graciously accommodated by G. and Chef / the kitchen team: they were German visitors staying at The Study Hotel, who were so happy to be able to dine with us tonight; bravo team! We finished with 60 covers.

There were no takeout orders for pick-up Thursday: we received, via the web, a large order for Saturday pick-up.

For BA’s, we were joined by: M. S.-J. (party of 2, tbl. 27); French national / Oregon winemaker A. F. (party of 3, tbl. 11); molecular geneticist / immunologist Dr. D. S. (party of 4, tbl. 13); Yale Dept. of Cell Biology dinner in honor of Professor M. A. L. (party of 18, Sherman Room).

While speaking on the phone to make his reservation for the March 23rd wine dinner, Barry B., who was a BA to Madame Mackenzie back in the days of Robert Henry’s, commented that he has enjoyed cassoulets over several decades at many great restaurants, and that when he dined with us this past Sat., March 12, his entree of Chef G’s cassoulet was THE BEST CASSOULET that he has ever had in his life. Bravo Chef G!

A. (busser) trained on the floor; she followed R.

We served 9 of Chef’s tasting menus tonight (party of 4; party of 3; party of 2): all 9 guests reserved for the tasting menu experience themselves on OpenTable.

Table tents are back in action! Featuring the March 23rd wine dinner.

Mostly sunny, high of 68F!

ULC Logbook, Friday, March 18th, 2022:

We started with 118 covers. There was a party of 4 who no-showed at the beginning, and a couple parties of 2 who cancelled. We were joined by at least nine walk-in guests at tables, which included a party of 4 who enjoyed the bar in the first seating, and a solo guest who joined us for the later seating. We finished with 127 guests.

We had 4 orders for takeout: Mr. R. (phone); Mr. N. (phone); BA Mr. B. (web); and Mr. P. (web).

For BA’s, we were joined by: Diane A. (party of 4, tbl. 16); T. F. (party of 4, tbl. 22); Jessica N. (party of 2, tbl. 9, will be married at ULC April 9, 2022); Benedict C. (solo at bar); Chef J.’g restauranteur cousin, Todd K. (party of 6, tbl. 17); Dr. David S. G. (party of 4, tbl. 31); Dr. Andrew G. (party of 3, tbl. 35); Dr. John A. (party of 2, tbl. 37).

Regular Philip R. LOVED Chef G’s shortribs and requested they be brought back onto the menu any day, anytime, except from Mar. 26 to Apr. 3, because his wife will be out of town during those days.

Email received from T. F. (party of 4, tbl. 22, taken care of by T. — this party had specially ordered a strawberry shortcake from Chef T. to celebrate their daughter’s 22nd birthday): “Dear Sirs at Union League Cafe, Just wanted to thank you so much for your superb hospitality, excellent food and kindest service!! My daughter truly had a wonderful lovely birthday with the specially baked strawberry short cake! We all thoroughly enjoyed and loved every moment at your restaurant!! We travel a lot and dine at many many beautiful restaurants, but today’s experience at your restaurant is truly one of the very best and we hope to come back soon!! Thank you so much once again, K. & T. F.”

The P.’s (party of 2, tbl. 4) complimented Chef G. on the “incredible food,” and N. on the, “incredible service.”

Rain is forecast for Saturday, with a high of 55F.

ULC Logbook, Saturday, March 19th, 2022:

We started with 131 covers. There was not very much movement downwards — as far as I know, we did not have any cancellations / no-show’s. We were joined by a party of 2 walk-in’s on the early side, and added same-day reservations for the later side of service. We finished with 138 guests.

There were 2 orders for takeout, both placed on the web: Ellen D., large order (pre-ordered on Thursday) at 5PM; BA Mr. B., solo order at 8PM.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Manuel G. (party of 7, tbl. 5); Richard S. (party of 4, tbl. 16); Jim H. (party of 3, tbl. 9); Patricia C. (party of 4, tbl. 26); Daniel M. (party of 2, tbl. 19); Wendy J. (party of 3, tbl. 10); Dr. Bauer S. (party of 2, tbl. 13); Shep and Jennifer S. (party of 2, tbl. 1); Pam G. (party of 4, tbl. 11); Carlos G. (party of 2, tb;. 2); Vincent E. (party of 2, at the bar).

Richard S.’s son, who arrived first, warned the front desk that his 98-year-old father was, “cranky.” After dinner, the S.’s commented to C. that they are New Haven natives that have been joining us regularly since the days of Sherman’s Taverne, and how much they all thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience tonight.

Lev V. (party of 2, tbl. 2, celebrated their anniversary, served by D.) said their dinner was, “FABULOUS.”

The Anna L. party of 3 (tbl. 111, served by R. I.) included a child who tonight tried escargots for the first time ever. The kid “LOVED IT.”

The C.’s (party of 4, tbl. 26) celebrated the father’s 86th birthday and had, “the best time.”

Dr. and Mrs. S. (party of 2, tbl. 13, served by N.) commented that tonight’s “halibut was divine. And the foie gras’ layers absolutely melted in our mouth.” They will be back soon to celebrate their son’s engagement.

The forecast for Sunday (happy first official day of spring!) is for G. to beat R. B. at golf.

G: Gooooooooooolllllfffffffffff !!!!!!!!

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